March 20, 2008

Sawn up furniture by Ward van Gemert on Marktplaats

Filed under: Art,Design by Branko Collin @ 2:23 pm

[photo of a sawn up chair, parts freely separated]

Rotterdam-based artist Ward van Gemert takes furniture from Marktplaats (the Dutch eBay subsidiary), saws it up into interesting compositions and sells the resulting art pieces back at Marktplaats as a set of parts. The unusable chair shown here – hanging from invisible strings – was made for Van Gemert’s final art school exam.

These days, Van Gemert creates actual, usable furniture, but still according to the same principle of redesigning the familiar. The “stretch” table below was sawn up, then reconstructed into an actual table using see-through casting resin. His art/design may look familiar if you have seen the work of Paul Verode, the man who sawed up Ferraris, whom Van Gemert once studied under.

[photo of a functional sawn up table]

Via Bright.

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November 23, 2007

International award for Dutch hotel concept

Filed under: Architecture,Gadgets by Orangemaster @ 4:45 pm

[Top-to-bottom visualisation of a hotel room]

CitizenM, the hotel room chain with everything in it, has already won an international prize in Paris for Most Innovative Concept. Just one week after the introduction of the new hotel concept and way before any Dutch branch was opened, the Dutch hotel chain beat 21 competitors for this prize.

A second branch of the hotel will be opened next summer on Amsterdam’s Beethovenstraat, South of town. London, Berlin and Milan wil also get their hotels.


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